Universal Health Insurance Coverage: Progress and Issues

Jonathan Gruber, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Policy brief no. 41


I’m going to lay out the universal coverage debate that’s gone on for a long time in this country. Then I’ll describe a new solution that we think we found for Massachusetts, describe how the Massachusetts reform works, and how it can be extended nationally. Finally I’ll spend time on the key issues that Congress is facing right now trying to take this model to the national level.